<![CDATA[NBC 7 San Diego - Top Stories]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/top-stories http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/KNSD+RSS+Feed+logo+blue.png NBC 7 San Diego http://www.nbcsandiego.comen-usFri, 28 Apr 2017 04:03:49 -0700Fri, 28 Apr 2017 04:03:49 -0700NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Sitter Accused of Lewd Acts With Child Used Alias: Detective]]> Thu, 27 Apr 2017 16:19:27 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/4-27-17-Brittney+Lyon.JPG

An Escondido woman accused of filming the molestation of two girls in her care advertised her babysitting services on at least three websites and used two different names, investigators said Thursday.

Carlsbad police detectives are sharing new information about the defendant because they believe there may be more victims in the case.

Brittney Lyon, 22, was arrested in July and charged with eight felony counts that included conspiracy and lewd and lascivious conduct with a child under the age of 14.

Carlsbad Police say Lyon would take two 7-year-old girls she was babysitting to her boyfriend's relatives’ home in the Bressi Ranch Community where he allegedly molested them while she recorded the acts. One of the victims was a child with special needs.

The alleged assaults started in January 2015 and happened repeatedly with the same two victims for over a year.

Lyon's boyfriend, Samuel Cabrera, Jr., was also charged in the case.

Now detectives say they have come to believe there may be other victims in the case and that the victims may reside outside of San Diego County.

Carlsbad police say Lyon used the name "Lauren Allen" when she advertised as a babysitter on the websites Care.com and Sitter.com. Carlsbad Police say in a statement: "We want to state unequivocally that Lauren Allen herself is in no way a suspect in this case."

Families in Riverside, San Bernardino and Los Angeles counties should look at the photos of Lyon that were posted on those websites as well as SitterCity.com.

Anyone who has further information can call Carlsbad Police Department’s tip line at (760) 931-2293 or Detective Steve Stallman at (760) 931-2293.

Ed. Note: Carlsbad police initially released photos of a profile attached to the defendant's alias. They later asked media outlets not to publicize the photo. This article has been edited.



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<![CDATA['Major, Major Conflict' Possible With North Korea: Trump]]> Thu, 27 Apr 2017 20:40:59 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Un_Trump_Split.jpg

President Donald Trump warned on Thursday that the U.S. could be headed toward a "major, major conflict" with North Korea over the country's nuclear and missile programs, NBC News reported.

The president said so in an interview with Reuters, adding, "We'd love to solve things diplomatically, but it's very difficult."

Trump also said he hoped the North's 33-year-old leader, Kim Jong-Un, is "rational." The president said taking over a regime at a young age is "a very hard thing to do."

The interview comes just hours after a North Korean propaganda outlet released a video simulating an attack on America, with targets superimposed on the White House and American aircraft carriers.



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<![CDATA[Group: Gov't Doesn't Care About Immigration Detention Abuse]]> Thu, 27 Apr 2017 18:58:04 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/4-26-17-Otay+Mesa+Detention+Center.JPG

Yordy Cancino moved to California as a child.

He graduated at the top of his high school class at Jackie Robinson High School in Los Angeles and was accepted to numerous colleges, including UCLA and UC Santa Cruz.

“My ultimate dream is to be a fashion designer,” he said with a smile.

Cancino said he couldn't afford to pay for college and as an undocumented immigrant, couldn’t get financial aid. “They didn't have funding for undocumented students. Unfortunately, when I graduated in 2011, DACA wasn’t present.”

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is a United States immigration policy founded in June 2012. DACA allows certain undocumented immigrants who entered the country as minors, to receive a renewable two-year period of deferred action from deportation and eligibility for a work permit.  

Read more about DACA here.

Cancino said without another option to pay for college, he returned to Mexico.

“The risks I knew,” he said. “I wasn't going to be able to come back, it’s like me leaving my family behind, for me fulfill my dream.”

After two years studying in Mexico City, Cancino said he wanted to return to California.

In 2014, he turned himself in at the Otay Mesa border, seeking asylum, swearing under penalty of law that he’d been beaten and stalked in Mexico. He said he was targeted because he was gay.

Cancino was held at the Otay Mesa  Detention Center, a Department of Homeland Security and ICE facility managed by a private company, CoreCivic.

Cancino said he never thought he'd be harassed by the guard who was supposed to uphold order. He said that guard gave him pet names and ridiculed his sexuality.

“He was always looking at me, so I didn't even feel comfortable taking a shower,” he said. “He was always approaching me in different ways I shouldn't be approached.  As an officer, he should have been taking care of me, he wasn't taking care of me.”

According to Cancino, he complained to the guard's supervisor but his complaints were not taken seriously or documented correctly.

“I think by not investigating each allegation, each complaint of sexual assault our government is sending a message that sexual assault of immigrants will be tolerated,” said Christina Fialho, co-founder of Community Initiatives for Visiting Immigrants in Confinement (CIVIC). “These are thousands of human beings who are being sexually assaulted, raped, either because the government has been unwilling or unable to protect  them or because the government has been the perpetrator of these sexual assaults.”

According to CIVIC, the Department of Homeland Security Office of the Inspector General Received 1,016 complaints related to sexual abuse or assault on detainees, from May 2014 to July 2016. Details on individual cases were not disclosed, including whether the alleged perpetrators were corrections officers, or detainees themselves.

Fialho said the number of complaints is likely much higher, noting the Inspector General reported more than 33,000 allegations of a broader range of abuse from January 2010 to July 2016, including 702 complaints of coerced sexual contact, 714 complaints of physical or sexual abuse and 589 complaints of sexual harassment. Fialho said the majority of those complaints were filed against ICE and the inspector general investigated less than "1 percent" of those complaints.

“In California, there were 4,500 complaints lodged with the Inspector General, but only 45, a very small number, were investigated by OIG,” she said.  “With the current climate under President Trump, it is very concerning. He is planning on expanding immigration detention system by 30,000 on any given day. Right now, there are about 40,000 people in immigration detention on any given day.”

On April 11, CIVIC sent a letter to homeland security demanding a thorough investigation of all complaints, including Cancino's.

Read the letter here. 

The group said it has not received a response.

A spokeswoman with DHS, Gillian M. Christensen, told NBC 7 Investigates the department will review the letter "to determine if further action or recommendations are warranted." Christensen also noted the allegations represent a tiny percentage of the more than 2 million admissions to ICE detention facilities in the six-year period covered in the report and the agency has a "zero-tolerance policy" related to sexual abuse.

Recalling his time in custody, Cancino said, “I suffered a lot. I would cry. It was a nightmare.  Mentally and physically, my family didn't know what was going on with me. You are not just a human to them you are an object .”

He spent three months at the Otay Mesa Detention Center, which CIVIC ranks the 5th highest for sexual abuse complaints, out of 211 ICE Immigration detention facilities.

Cancino now has a 5-year work visa, but his permanent status is still in question.

He knows speaking out is risky, but he said he won't stay silent, “You have to have some type of respect.”

Lauren Mack, a spokeswoman for ICE in San Diego would not provide an interview to NBC 7 Investigates for this story. Repeated emails and phone calls to CoreCivic, the company that manages the Otay Mesa facility, were not returned.

Fialho said she wants Congress to create a bipartisan commission to investigate sexual assault complaints in ICE immigration facilities. Her group also wants the Department of Homeland Security to publish details about all documented sexual assaults and investigations.

If that's not done, Fialho said her group may sue DHS, to force changes.



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<![CDATA[Fire Weather Warning Issued for Riverside, Imperial Counties]]> Thu, 27 Apr 2017 09:00:35 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/4521926021.jpg

Expect conditions that could lead to fires Friday in Imperial and Riverside counties, the National Weather Service warned this week.

The NWS issued a fire weather warning for both counties beginning at 10 a.m. with strong winds and low humidity in the forecast.

Anyone heading to the Colorado River Valley can expect to see warnings of fire danger.

Winds are expected to be between 20 and 25 mph with gusts up to 40 mph according to the NWS forecast.

Humidity may be as low as 8 percent.

Download the free NBC 7 mobile app to keep up on weather conditions and alerts throughout the weekend.



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<![CDATA[Veteran of 2 Wars Turns 100]]> Thu, 27 Apr 2017 08:21:04 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/100YOVETpkg_1200x675_930976323637.jpg

A U.S. military veteran who served in two wars turns 100 this week in San Diego.

Theo Logan enlisted in 1942 and retired 20 years later as a major in the U.S. Army.

He was stationed in Germany, Italy and Korea.

He said he saw a lot and was grateful to be one of the boys to make it back home alive.

But he’s quick to point out, he’s no hero. He was just a man doing his job.

“My part was so small, that I can't see the big picture in that manner, but I think we all did our part as best as we could under the circumstances,” Logan said.

Among those circumstances was a segregated army.

“Once we were integrated, I think it makes the service, much, much stronger, than let me say, the individual was,” he said.

When Logan returned home to the U.S., his dedication to helping people wasn’t over.

He became involved in the San Diego Parks and Recreation Department and helped to develop the Southeastern Economics Development Corporation.

He also started a successful real estate business with the focus on helping African-American and Hispanic residents in Southeast San Diego become homeowners.

Seeing people buy their first home is something he will always remember.

“It makes you feel like you are doing something worthwhile, when you do that,” Logan said.

Logan’s children said he still reads two newspapers every day.

They will celebrate his 100th birthday on Sunday with family members and more than 100 guests.

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<![CDATA[Here's How Much Illumina's 5 Highest-Paid Execs Earned]]> Thu, 27 Apr 2017 11:38:47 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/illumina-facebook-pic.jpg

The five highest-paid executives at Illumina Inc. each pulled in over $2 million in compensation last year, with an average of $4 million each.

That average is a tad skewed, however, considering Illumina’s president and CEO brought in a total compensation of $8.4 million. Total compensation can include things such as salary, bonus, stock awards, options awards, non-equity incentive plan compensation and all other compensation.

Illumina is one of San Diego’s largest public companies, with a market cap of $27 billion. It reported $2.4 billion in revenue in 2016. The company is the largest maker of DNA sequencing machines in the world, and employs 5,500 globally and at least 1,500 employees in San Diego.

Here are Illumina’s five highest-paid officials in 2016 (with titles as listed at the time), according to documents filed by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission this month:

Francis deSouza, President and CEO

Salary: $799,558

Total: $8,408,833

Jay Flatley, Executive Chairman (former CEO)

Salary: $771,154

Total: $2,991,901

Marc Staplely, Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer

Salary: $540,000

Total: $2,856,621

Omead Ostadan, Executive Vice President, Operations, Products and Strategy

Salary: $528,486

Total: $2,840,102

Mostafa Ronaghi, Senior Vice President, Clinical Genomics

Salary: $438,623

Total: $3,451,444

 



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<![CDATA[Weaver Struggles Again in Loss To Arizona]]> Fri, 28 Apr 2017 00:15:24 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/WeaverRoughedUpWEB.jpg

Jered Weaver’s tendency to give up home runs is not going away.

After allowing three more round-trippers in a 6-2 loss to the Diamondbacks Thursday night, Weaver’s ERA rose to 4.71.

What’s more disturbing is that Weaver has already allowed ten homers in his first five starts as a Padre.

To put that in perspective, the veteran righty has only struck out 14 batters this year.

Chris Owings certainly likes playing against the Friars. The D’backs second baseman crushed a pair of homers off of Weaver to bring his season total to four.

Three have come against San Diego this week alone.

Meanwhile, Taijuan Walker fooled the Padres lineup and improved to 3-1 after striking out 11 batters in eight solid innings.

Padres infielder Ryan Schimpf managed to go yard for the second straight day when he bashed a solo shot in the 7th inning but it was too little too late.

Yangervis Solarte collected another RBI in the first inning when he singled home Wil Myers.

Solarte leads the Padres with 16 RBI, while Myers still owns the best batting average at a .316 clip.

After dropping three of four contests in the desert, San Diego starts a three-game series up in San Francisco with a Friday date against the Giants.

Luis Perdomo is expected to take the mound while the Giants are scheduled to pitch Jeff Samardzija who is off to an 0-4 start with a 7.40 ERA.



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<![CDATA[Local Neighborhood Seeks to Put Park Curfew Against Homeless]]> Thu, 27 Apr 2017 23:16:57 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Normal+Heights+Park+homless+curfew.JPG

The Adams Avenue Recreation Council in Normal Heights is aiming to establish park curfews to drive away homeless in their neighborhood.

Community members are concerned over campgrounds being set up on the south end of Ward Canyon Park and the Adams Avenue Recreation Center.

“I used to go run at night and I've been noticing lately that there are more and more people, more homeless people,” said Kevin Lara, who lives a block away from the recreation center.

The council voted Tuesday to seek approval to set up curfews at both parks. The goal is to have the curfew implemented into the City of San Diego's municipal code. 

Law enforcement would be able to patrol and cite those breaking the curfew.

The council believes the curfew will create a way for police to record the number of problems in the area.

They said the next step is to get approval from the city's Department of Parks and Recreation.



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<![CDATA[Thousands of Dollars Raised for Homeless Good Samaritan]]> Thu, 27 Apr 2017 22:51:09 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Sergio+Juarez.JPG

After finding and rightfully returning a $676 cashier's check, a San Diego homeless man walked away with more than $15,000 and a new friend.

Yesenia Del Valle said she looked anxiously for her cashiers check with no avail after losing it on April 18.

Later that night, Del Valle said Sergio Juarez knocked on her door and proved that good people still do exist. And one act of kindness led to another.

"I couldn't believe that a person that was homeless and didn't have a job nor money for gas, took the time to find me and return this check for that amount of money," Del Valle said.

Juarez has been living out of a Motel 6 with his wife and three children after losing his job and apartment.

After learning about his situation, Del Valle said she felt compelled to help.

She created a GoFundMe campaign in hopes of raising a few thousand dollars for Juarez and his family.

The campaign went viral and has raised close to $20,000.

For Juarez, the kindness of complete strangers left him and his family speechless.

"Once I get back on my feet, I plan to pay it forward," Juarez said.

If you wish to donate to the Juarez family, click here.

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<![CDATA[Vehicle Drives Into Bar in Spring Valley]]> Thu, 27 Apr 2017 23:24:55 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/04-27-17+Spring+Valley+truck+into+bar+2.JPG

The owner of a Spring Valley bar reported that a pick up truck had driven into his property, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) confirmed.

It was reported around 9:09 p.m. at the Bancroft Bar on the 9100 block of Campo Road.

A truck plowed into the bar, slamming into a pool table inside.

According to the owner, the driver was parked outside the bar and went into drive instead of reversing.

According to the San Diego County Sheriff's Department, one man was taken to the hospital as a precaution. He had been slightly pinned by the truck during the incident but is expected to be okay.

No other information was available.

Please refresh this page for updates on this story. Details may change as more information becomes available.



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<![CDATA[BP Arrests Suspect Wanted for Sexual Assault of Minor]]> Thu, 27 Apr 2017 22:15:36 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/border-patrol-generic-image.jpg

A man wanted for sexual assault of a minor and burglary was arrested at the San Ysidro Port of Entry by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers.

Santiago Flores-Martinez, 48, an undocumented Mexican citizen, was taken into custody while he was trying to enter Mexico. 

A CBP officer discovered Martinez's was an exact match to a suspect wanted in Oregon on charges of sexual assault of a minor and first degree burglary.

Martinez will be turned over to the U.S. Marshals Service and extradited to Oregon to face charges.

“CBP officers routinely encounter and stop dangerous fugitives, attempting to depart the United States. Working with our law enforcement partners is not only critical but necessary in order to ensure justice is served," said Pete Flores, director of field operations for CBP in San Diego.



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<![CDATA[One Person Found Stabbed in East Village: SDPD]]> Thu, 27 Apr 2017 23:23:33 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/04-27-17+East+Village+Stabbing.JPG

A person was found stabbed in the East Village area of San Diego Thursday night, the San Diego Police Department (SDPD) confirmed.

The incident occurred at 9:03 p.m. on 15th Street and Imperial Avenue.

Police said the victim was taken to the hospital. The extent of injuries is unknown.

No other information was available.

Please refresh this page for updates on this story. Details may change as more information becomes available.



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<![CDATA[1 Person Injured in Five Vehicle Crash in East Village]]> Thu, 27 Apr 2017 23:25:52 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/04-27-17+East+Village+five+car+crash.JPG

Five vehicles were involved in a collision in the East Village area of San Diego Thursday night.

According to the San Diego Police Department (SDPD), the crash occurred at 8:21 p.m. on 16th Street and F Street.

One person was taken to a local hospital, police said.

It is unknown what caused the crash.

No other information was available.

Please refresh this page for updates on this story. Details may change as more information becomes available.



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<![CDATA[Man Armed with Bat Near Health Clinic Prompts Long Pursuit]]> Thu, 27 Apr 2017 20:07:30 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/san-diego-sheriff-generic-patrol-car.jpg

A man wanted on an active felony warrant, standing near a health clinic on the Santa Ysabel Indian Reservation armed with a bat, prompted an extensive search through rugged terrain, San Diego County Sheriff's officials (SDSO) said. 

Deputies first responded to the health clinic on Thursday when someone called to report a suspicious person loitering near the clinic. The caller said he knew deputies were looking for the man the previous day, and that he may be wanted. 

The man, later identified as Patrick Clay, was standing near the clinic with a baseball bat, deputies said. 

When officials arrived on scene, they immediately recognized the man as a suspect wanted on at least one active felony warrant for his arrest, Sgt. Brian Jenkins said in a statement. 

Multiple deputies from the Ranchita and Julian substation, as well as the Sheriff Department's helicopter, ASTREA, responded to the area. 

Clay fled the scene, running out the back of the clinic and into nearby bushes and trees on the reservation, Jenkins said. 

Sheriff's began to chase after him on foot with a canine unit from Poway; the helicopter followed him as well. 

The wanted suspect ran through thick, heavily wooded terrain on the reservation. 

All the while, ASTREA maintained visual contact with Clay as he ran, Jenkins said. Sheriff's officials in ASTREA were able to direct deputies toward Clay from the air. 

As deputies pursued the suspect, one of the deputies involved driving a patrol vehicle was involved in a rollover crash in his SUV, Jenkins said. The deputy suffered minor injuries and was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. 

After an hour of evading capture, deputies eventually caught up with Clay. As they got closer and started yelling commands, Jenkins said, Clay refused commands to surrender. 

Deputies deployed a canine, who made contact with the suspect. 

Clay was taken into custody and transported to the hospital for treatment. 

Once he is released, he will be booked into a North County jail on charges of parole violation and felony resisting. 

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<![CDATA[1 Burned in Small Backyard Explosion: SDFD]]> Thu, 27 Apr 2017 19:50:39 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/SDFD-Generic-Garske.JPG

One victim suffered burns in a small backyard explosion in Clairemont, San Diego Fire-Rescue (SDFD) officials said. 

The call first came in for a structure fire on the 4100 block of Willamette Avenue at approximately 1:01 p.m. Thursday. The location is just a few blocks from the Clairemont Town Square. 

Fire officials with the hazardous materials division told an NBC 7 crew that a man was pouring an unknown liquid into a hole in his backyard when a small explosion occurred. 

The patient suffered burns to his legs and was taken to UC San Diego's Burn Center. The extent of his injuries is unknown. 

A private cleanup company handed the cleanup. SDFD's Hazmat crew did respond to the scene, but determined there was no hazard. 

Fire officials referred the building to City Building Inspectors because of code issues. 

No further information was available. 



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<![CDATA[Barbecue Fire Chars 2 Apartment Units in Point Loma]]> Thu, 27 Apr 2017 20:19:11 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/vlcsnap-2017-04-27-19h37m10s790.png

Two apartment units at a complex in Point Loma were burned Thursday by a fire that started from an unattended barbecue, San Diego Fire-Rescue (SDFD) officials said.

The fire broke out at an apartment building at 4344 W. Point Loma Blvd. just before 4:30 p.m., according to SDFD.

Officials say an outdoor barbecue was left unattended with food on it, and the fire spread from an outdoor patio on the first floor, into the first-floor unit and up to the second-floor unit above.

No injuries were reported, but five adults were displaced from the two units, SDFD said.

Initial estimates of structural and content damages from the fire are around $225,000.

Please refresh this page for updates on this story. Details may change as more information becomes available.



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<![CDATA[Inmate Found Dead at Richard J Donovan Correctional Facility]]> Thu, 27 Apr 2017 19:27:18 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Richard+Donovan+prison.JPG

An inmate found dead at the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility had been there two to three days before authorities found him, officials confirmed to NBC 7 San Diego. 

James Acuna, 58, was pronounced dead on Monday, according to Vicky Waters with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. 

He was found two to three days after he died, the Medical Examiner found, according to San Diego County Sheriff Department's Ken Nelson. Sheriff's detectives were called to the scene on Monday. 

The ME said there were no indications of foul play, Nelson said. 

The circumstances surrounding his death are under investigation, Waters said. 

Officials with the CDCR said they could not release further information as the death is under investigation. 

No further information was available. 

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<![CDATA[How Does the City Decide Which Homes to Test for Lead? ]]> Thu, 27 Apr 2017 19:24:50 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/San+Diego+City+water+testing.JPG

The City of San Diego knows a lot about the drinking water it delivers to your doorstep. It conducts hundreds of weekly tests throughout the city measuring its water for contaminants, chemicals and whether or not it is corrosive at different distances from city treatment plants.

But once that water leaves public water mains and enters your service lines to come through your faucet, public utility experts know very little about what’s in it.

Federal regulations only require the city to test 54 homes every three years for lead and copper. Because every household’s piping is different, it is very difficult to know where exposure to lead or other contaminants remains high inside a home.

“It is often said that ‘there are no lead pipes in California.’ What that really means is that there are no lead pipes that people know about,” said Professor Marc Edwards, a civil engineer and water expert with Virginia Tech.

Because the city documents no lead pipes in its distribution system, it is required to test a very minimal number of homes, and it must prioritize testing of homes built between 1982 and 1986, according to rules set by the federal Environmental Protection Agency. The logic is these homes are the “newest” ones that are likely to have lead solder before it was banned in 1986. Because solder is worst when it is “new,” theoretically, these homes would have the highest risk for having lead in water in homes.

“Now, when the law was written in 1990, that may have been true. Those houses were 5-years-old or so,” said Edwards. “Whether it is actually true or not now, no one really knows.”

In San Diego, the city tested homes for lead in water primarily in Del Mar, Scripps Ranch, Bay Park and Linda Vista in 2014. Areas where lead has been discovered in school water or where kids have shown elevated blood lead levels at higher rates, like Grant Hill, San Ysidro and Mountain View are barely tested or not tested at all.

NBC 7 Investigates made this map showing where the city conducted its 2014 lead and copper testing in homes.

The city declined to release exact addresses, but provided primary streets with the nearest cross streets for where it did the tests. 

During its last round of lead testing, only three homes had any detectable levels of lead in the water. A home in Old Town had the highest amount with 146 parts per billion, which is nearly 10 times the limit that alarms federal regulators. But, because more than 90 percent of the homes tested fell below that threshold, the City of San Diego’s water is in compliance with federal regulations for lead.

Lead is a dangerous neuro-toxin and its negative health impacts can be particularly damaging in young children. Health experts say there is no safe limit of lead in water.

The city does a lot of its required testing for lead in homes in Linda Vista. In fact, nine of the 54 tests it conducts every three years are in one condo complex.

Linda Vista resident Ed Thomas said people have had concerns with their water there and wishes the city did more than the required minimal testing.

“I think if they’ve already seen problems, they should increase testing,” Thomas said. “Cause everyone should be safe, right?”

A spokesman for the city’s public water utility said the city tests neighborhoods that have the highest risks for lead coming from taps, which are homes built between 1982 and 1986.

One of the reasons the city only has to test 54 homes is because it has no known lead service lines.

NBC 7 asked Linda Vista resident Thomas if that puts his mind at ease.

“I guess so, but you know what? If you test it, then you know for sure," he said.

San Diego reports no lead pipes, but it has a lot of pipes and water mains made of material listed as “unknown,” according to data and information with the city and SANDAG.

In 1984, the EPA conducted a survey of 153 public water systems across the country to determine the extent of the use of lead pipes. San Diego responded it could not offer any estimate of the number of lead service lines remaining in the city.

A 2008 article in the National Institute of Health estimated that because San Diego continued permitting the installation of lead service lines, it likely had a significant number remaining. 



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<![CDATA[Chargers Select Wide Receiver Mike Williams with 7th Pick]]> Thu, 27 Apr 2017 19:07:20 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-631505150.jpg

The Los Angeles Chargers chose wide receiver Mike Williams out of Clemson with the seventh overall selection in the 2017 NFL Draft.

Williams returned to the gridiron in 2016 after his career was nearly cut short. In the previous year’s season opener, he fractured his neck when he hit his helmet against the goal post on a touchdown catch.

After a lengthy recovery he was cleared for contact and finished the 2016 season with 98 catches for 1,361 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns, according to Clemson University Athletics.

Williams will join an offensive unit lead by Bolts quarterback Philip Rivers and strong veteran wideouts, including Tyrell Williams, Dontrelle Inman, Travis Benjamin, and Keenan Allen who is returning after suffering a season-ending knee injury in 2016.

The Chargers first-round pick will be introduced officially on Friday at a press conference held at the Stub Hub Center in Carson.



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<![CDATA[Roommate Speaks About Man Arrested for Luring 11-Year-Old]]> Thu, 27 Apr 2017 06:23:17 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Miguel+Cervantes.JPG

The roommate of a San Diego man, accused of trying to lure a local 11-year-old girl to sexually exploit her, said he never saw the man leave the home.

Miguel Cervantes, 24, faces multiple criminal charges after messaging the girl through an anonymous app called "Candid", according to court documents unsealed on Tuesday.

Cervantes convinced the girl to send him nude photos and to meet him for sex, based on investigator's statements. At one point, he even asked the girl to pay for his plane ticket and hotel with her allowance.

By his roommate’s description, Cervantes is a man with time on his hands.

Jeff Shifflett, who wished not to show his face on camera, moved in with Cervantes in mid-March--about the time investigators said the 11-year-old girl and Cervantes began texting.

"He stays at the house 24/7. When he was here, I never seen him leave. He basically stays and watches TV, you know, plays video games,” Shifflett said.

According to the indictment, Cervantes and the girl were communicating for two weeks through the app. Excerpts of those conversations were included in court documents.

They indicated Cervantes knew he was talking with an 11-year-old girl. The girl believed he was 18-years-old.

"I didn't know all the details about it but I heard generally what it was about so I was definitely surprised,” Shifflett said.

The girl's mother found the "Candid" conversation on the minor's iPad and turned it over to police.

After his arrest, Cervantes waived his Miranda rights and admitted to knowing that the victim was a minor, and that he sent her multiple photos of his genitals using the Candid app, according to court documents. He also acknowledged that he would have sexually exploited the minor if possible, according to court documents.

Cervantes is facing attempted enticement of a minor and the sexual exploitation of children.

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<![CDATA[37 Documented Gang Members Charged in Crackdown]]> Thu, 27 Apr 2017 18:05:07 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/handcuffs-GettyImages-141810855.jpg

During a crackdown, 37 documented gang members were charged with distributing methamphetamine and illegal guns in San Diego, according to the U.S. Attorney's office.

Twenty-two of the 37 suspects were arrested this week and the other individuals were already in custody.

The San Diego Police Department (SDPD) and Homeland Security Investigations Gangs & Weapons Group co-led the year-long investigation known as "Seeing Blue."

According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, the defendants are documented members or associates of gangs in San Diego.

Undercover agents were able to identify several gang members, leading to their arrests, including Soulidao Chounlaboudy, Ruben Contreras-Ramirez, and John Quarles.

Investigators said Quarles ran a network from Teralta Park in City Heights and distributed dozens of pounds of methamphetamine. He made tens of thousands of dollars selling the drugs.

In the span of two days, authorities served 10 search warrants and seized more than three pounds of methamphetamine, along with 17 firearms and more than $25,000 in drugs.

Chounlaboudy and Ramirez face several charges including consipiracy to distribute methamphetamine, and felony possession of a firearm and ammunition. 

Quarles faces conspiracy to distribute cocaine and faces up to 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine, if convicted.

“Gangs and drugs are infesting many of our neighborhoods and creating a violent culture that is unsafe for residents,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Alana W. Robinson, in a statement. “With today’s action, we are reclaiming these parks and streets for our families, our children and our communities.”



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<![CDATA[Day in Court Denied for Scripps Ranch Couple]]> Thu, 27 Apr 2017 21:11:45 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Jeff+Ant_Parking+Ticket+Dispute_4.27.17.jpg

It’s not easy for Jackie Shiolington to get around. 

“She has breast cancer that has metastasized to her brain so that’s limiting her mobility,” Jackie’s husband Jeff Ant said. 

Jeff said he had a temporary parking pass so the family could use handicapped parking spaces. The pass expired on December 31st and on January 1st, the family went to Ikea in Mission Valley. 

“I figured it will be fine, it will only be expired for a couple of days,” Jackie said. 

Jackie said she had an appointment at the DMV scheduled for January 4th to get a permanent handicapped placard but that wasn't soon enough. 

“There was a ticket on the windshield,” Jackie said. 

The ticket correctly pointed out Jackie’s handicapped placard was expired. Jackie and Jeff challenged the ticket but said it had been denied due to the couple missing some paperwork that needed to be sent in. So they took it to the next level, they paid the fine and asked for an administrative appeal hearing. 

“I set aside work time so I could make sure to take her with me and bring the new hang tag,” Jeff said. 

The hearing was set for April 11th but the family said before they had their day in court, a letter arrived in the mail saying something the family never expected. 

“You didn’t appear at the hearing and we found that the ticket is valid and we’re going to uphold it,” Jeff said the letter read. 

The court date had been moved up 21 days but Jeff said he had not been notified of the change. 

“It kind of felt unfair, kind of felt like a bait and switch,” Jeff said. 

The couple contacted NBC 7 Responds and according to the city of San Diego, administrative changes in the parking appeals process had been made, leading to hearing dates being changed but without some notifications sent to motorists. 

“He did tell me that it showed in the system that there was no notification sent out,” Jeff said. 

Jeff and Jackie said they were told by officials their case had not been handled properly and the city would dismiss the ticket and refund the fine they already paid. 

In an email, Parking Program Manager for the city of San Diego Jonathan Carey told NBC 7 Responds, “The independent contractor at the time of this hearing attempted to reschedule the hearing date and time for Mr. Ant, however, the system failed to generate a new notice in error. The independent office was unaware that the notice was not generated and so his hearing was conducted in written, or declaration format. The Parking Administration Program has worked directly with Mr. Ant and has resolved this issue to his satisfaction."

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<![CDATA[Family of Hannah Anderson's Kidnapper Files New Claim]]> Thu, 27 Apr 2017 17:36:37 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Hannah-Dimaggio-File-Pic.jpg

The attorney for the family of James DiMaggio, the man killed by FBI sharpshooters after allegedly kidnapping teenager Hannah Anderson in 2013, will file an amended wrongful death claim in the case.

Attorney Keith Greer will file the amended $20 million claim in Federal Court in Idaho on Friday. The suit claims FBI agents used excessive and unjustified force in killing DiMaggio in Idaho after a 6-day manhunt.

“We have serious concern that they were waiting for an opportunity to kill him and not waiting for an opportunity to apprehend him,” said Greer.

DiMaggio’s sister has much stronger words.

“I believe that a kill squad went in and hunted my brother down like an animal and shot and killed him. I believe my brother was murdered,” said Lora DiMaggio Robinson.

DiMaggio was shot and killed by FBI sharpshooters on August 10, 2013. Investigators claim he fled to Idaho after allegedly kidnapping the then-16-year-old Anderson. Days earlier, the bodies of her mother and brother were found in DiMaggio’s burned down home in Boulevard, Calif., east of San Diego.

Federal and state prosecutors say agents acted reasonably when they shot and killed DiMaggio.

But attorney Greer says FBI drone surveillance video shows agents had ample time to apprehend DiMaggio.

“If we allow the enforcers, in this case, the hostage rescue team, to be the executioner and the judge and jury, the system falls apart. We can’t have the police coming in and shooting people because they think they’re bad people,” said Greer.

“We want the same thing I’ve wanted from the beginning. I want answers. I want the truth. I want to know what happened to my best friend,” said DiMaggio Robinson.

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<![CDATA[Plaza de Panama Project Backers Lose Bid for Attorney Fees]]> Thu, 27 Apr 2017 18:49:42 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Plaza+de+Panama.JPG

The backers of a plan to remove traffic from the heart of Balboa Park have just lost their bid for attorneys’ fees from an opposition group.

That's the upshot of an appeal court ruling involving the $80 million Plaza de Panama project.

This legal marathon started five years ago when billionaire Irwin Jacobs' Plaza de Panama Committee proposed a controversial bypass roadway off the Cabrillo Bridge, leading eastward to a paid parkade close to Park Boulevard.

That plan approved by the city was challenged by the nonprofit Save our Heritage Organisation (SOHO), which won in Superior Court but later lost on appeal.

Jacobs' committee requested that SOHO pay its lawyers’ fees, about $100,000, but a trial judge refused to award them.

On Thursday, the 4th District State Court of Appeal in San Diego ruled that environmental groups that bring lawsuits in "the public interest" aren't on the hook for such payments.

While the City Council approved a new version of the Jacobs plan and nearly $50 million for infrastructure, the Plaza de Panama Committee and a coalition of other park interests groups will contribute $30 million, plus cost overruns.

SOHO has since filed another lawsuit to stop the project, and that case has been scheduled for trial in August.

SOHO's lawyer noted that the published appellate decision is "precedent-setting", meaning it can be cited as guidance for trial court judges in any similar attorney-fee cases going forward.

Said Bruce Coons, executive director of SOHO: “We put our faith in the courts to enforce environmental laws, and could not do so if our good faith actions might result in liability for developers’ attorney fees.”

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<![CDATA[Labor Dispute signs in front of Chargers Headquarters]]> Thu, 27 Apr 2017 15:53:29 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*120/labor+chargers.JPG

Just hours before the Los Angeles Chargers franchise will make its first pick in the NFL Draft, labor dispute signs popped up in front of the Chargers team headquarters in San Diego.

Three large signs, each with the printed words, “Labor Dispute Coming Soon!” are on the sidewalk in front of Chargers Park on Murphy Canyon Road.

The people holding the signs are handing out flyers with the headline, “Shame on Dean A. Spanos.”

When asked by NBC7 what is the reason for the signs? Armando Nunez of the Southwest Regional  Council of Carpenters called it a public awareness campaign to let the public know what was going on with the building of the Chargers new training facility in Costa Mesa.

Nunez contends that Chargers Chairman Dean Spanos hired a “contractor that the Southwest Carpenters have a dispute with.”

The Pacific Building Group is the name of the contractor that Nunez claims is not meeting area labor standards.

According to Nunez the Pacific Building Group does not pay area standards that are consistent to San Diego or Costa Mesa.  Including not fully paying for the carpenter craft workers  health benefits and pension.

“The way that translates is that the contractor takes advantage of the worker for higher profits,” said Nunez.

Nunez said the Carpenters Local 1506 has reached out to the Charger in hopes of coming to an agreement, but have not heard back from the organization.

NBC 7 also reached out to the Chargers for comment. We received the following the statement from Bill Johnston, the Chargers Director of Public Relations.

Statement from the Chargers:

We understand that the carpenters’ union has objections to the general contractor that we have hired in Costa Mesa because the union objects to some of the sub-contractors that the general contractor sometimes uses. None of these subcontractors, however, were used on our project in Costa Mesa.

 

In addition, we had no way of knowing that this was an issue for the union. This is the first time we are hearing of any of this. Had we known about the issue beforehand, we would have worked to address it. We have always sought and maintained excellent relationships with labor in San Diego and, now, in Los Angeles.

 

Finally, the carpentry portion of our Costa Mesa project is virtually finished. However, we are willing to engage in a dialogue with the carpenters’ union to address any concerns going forward, and we've reached out to the union to demonstrate a willingness to open lines of communication, but so far have not heard back.

 

The Los Angeles Chargers new training facility is located at 3333 Susan Street in Costa Mesa.  The Chargers will continue to operate out of their San Diego facility through June, then transition to their new Orange County location.

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<![CDATA['I Finished Her': Florida Man Beat Wife to Death With Pipe Wrench]]> Thu, 27 Apr 2017 21:05:35 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/042717+Claude+Sejour.jpg

A Hollywood man beat his wife to death with a pipe wrench while their four children were home after learning she was pregnant with another man's baby, police said.

Claude Sejour, 48, was arrested Wednesday on a charge of premeditated homicide in the killing of 40-year-old Marie Carmel Joseph, Hollywood Police said.

Authorities said an officer responded to the couple's home on the 5900 block of Thomas Street Wednesday night after Sejour called 911 and said he killed his wife and was waiting outside for police.

An officer found Sejour outside the home with blood on his hands and cheek, according to a police report. Sejour told the officer that his wife had called her boyfriend, put the phone on speaker and the boyfriend revealed she was carrying his child, the report said.

"I did it. I finished her and called the police and went outside. I'm not crazy," Sejour told the officer, according to the report.

Inside the home officers found Joseph's body. She had severe trauma to her face and head, police said. Sejour told investigators that he hit her with a pipe wrench during an altercation.

The couple's four children, who range in age from 17 to 4, were also inside the home. The children are staying with a family member, the report said.

Sejour was being held without bond Thursday, Broward jail records showed. Attorney information wasn't available.



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<![CDATA[New Playground Comes With an App]]> Thu, 27 Apr 2017 14:43:14 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Playground-Chula-vista-smart-park-Biba.jpg

Chula Vista celebrated the opening of a new park that will use technology to get kids outside.

After two years of planning, the playground on Connoley Circle is open for children.

Mayor Mary Salas told NBC 7 there used to be a park in this spot 25 years ago but that park was torn down because the equipment and features were worn.

Since then, the community has been advocating for a new playground and park for this community.

"We have been waiting on this for a long time because we have a lot of kids around here," said Susana Juarez.

"It's about time," said Alberto Torres. "I know the families want to keep their kids around the corner, right here so we can keep an eye on them." 

The Park is also SMART -- which means parents can download an app for the kids to interact and play games using markers set up on the playground.

“Any new projects we have, we’re going to try and implement the best technology,” Salas said.

Other parks in the city are also expected to see new renovations this year after voters voted for Measure P.



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<![CDATA[Grant Hill Home Under Investigation by Federal Officials]]> Thu, 27 Apr 2017 14:14:41 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Grant-Hill-042717.jpg

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement employees conducted a search of a home in the Grant Hill area Thursday.

An NBC 7 news crews saw several federal officials collecting evidence at the home on Island Avenue beginning at 6 a.m.

The agents were with the Homeland Security Investigations division of ICE. It's the investigative arm of the Department of Homeland Security.

A man who lives in the home told NBC 7 that officials were looking for his friend in connection to drug activity.

HSI agents would not speak to NBC 7 on camera.

A DHS spokesperson said officers were conducting a criminal investigation and that any official information would come from the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Neighbors told us they have noticed a lot of suspicious activity connected to this home for years.


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<![CDATA[Man in San Diego River, Armed With Spear, Prompts Standoff]]> Thu, 27 Apr 2017 15:03:56 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/216*120/4-27-17-San+Diego+River+San+Diego+POlice+Standoff.JPG

A suspect wanted on a warrant fled into the San Diego River, armed with a knife and a spear, gave himself up after a short standoff with San Diego police (SDPD). 

The incident began at 12:51 p.m. Thursday near Interstate 8 and Morena Boulevard. The man is now in the portion of the San Diego River below there, in the West Mission Valley area. 

Police said the man, who has not been identified, is wanted on a warrant. 

As police approached him, he fled into the riverbed, armed with a knife and a spear, police said. 

The incident prompted a short standoff. 

More than an hour later, the man gave himself up to police, who could be seen pulling the man out of the water. 

No other information was available.

Please refresh this page for updates on this story. Details may change as more information becomes available.



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<![CDATA[Little Green Men? Alien Prank Calls Flood New ICE Hotline]]> Thu, 27 Apr 2017 13:50:26 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/AP_17116593407075.jpg

Reports of space aliens and UFOs have flooded the telephone lines at Immigration and Customs Enforcement's newly launched VOICE hotline, established Wednesday through an executive order, which aims to provide public information and resources to the victims of crimes committed by undocumented immigrants, NBC news reported.

The calls are part of a protest campaign started on Twitter by Alex McCoy, 28, who encouraged others online to call the hotline and report encounters with extraterrestrial beings.

"I thought this was a chance to push back on how Trump has demonized the immigrant community. [The idea] really took off," McCoy told NBC News.

ICE spokesperson Bryan Cox confirmed to NBC News that the office received alien-related prank calls. He said additional operators will be added if future data reveals long wait times.



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<![CDATA[Dog Food Recalled After Samples Test Positive for Euthanasia Drug]]> Thu, 27 Apr 2017 13:48:02 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/042617+party+animal+dog+food+recall.jpg

Party Animal has issued a nationwide recall of its Cocolicious dog food after lab tests of some products showed traces of the euthanasia drug pentobarbital.

According to the Food and Drug Administration, a retailer in Texas alerted Party Animal of the contamination after a customer presented two cans of dog food that tested positive for pentobarbital, a drug used for euthanasia mostly of dogs, cats, and horses.

The affected products include 13-ounce-cans of Cocolicious Beef & Turkey dog food (Lot #0136E15204 04) with a best by date of July 2019, and 13-ounce cans of Cocolicious Chicken & Beef dog food (Lot #0134E15 237 13) with a best by date August 2019. The company said the food had been manufactured and distributed in 2015.

Party Animal contacted two retailers that may have sold the customer the food and asked them to remove all remaining cans from these lots from shelves. Pet owners who have cans with the recalled lot numbers to throw them away or return them to the place of purchase for a full refund.

The company said there was one report of a pet who experienced discomfort, but there have been no deaths reported.

"The safety of pets is and always will be our first priority. We sincerely regret the reports of the discomfort experienced by the pet who consumed this food," the company said in a statement.



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<![CDATA[Veteran, Active Duty Marine Call for Change in FB Scandal]]> Thu, 27 Apr 2017 18:34:04 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/vlcsnap-2017-04-27-18h00m15s550.png

An active duty Marine based in Camp Pendleton and a Marine veteran are calling for change in the system after the Military's nude photo scandal. 

Marisa Wyotek, 22, an aviation technician based in Camp Pendleton, attended press conference where high-profile attorney Gloria Allred and U.S. Marine veteran Erika Butner spoke about the latest developments in the nude photo scandal.

Wyotek and Butner had personal images posted without consent to a closed Facebook group with a following of over 30,000 male service members.

Users shared nude images of active duty female Marines, veterans and other women, some of which were taken without the victim's knowledge and shared without their consent. It is not known how many service members were involved or are under investigation.

Allred came to San Diego because Gen. Robert Neller, the Marine commandant, was scheduled to visit Camp Pendleton on Thursday. She and her clients are hoping to meet with him.

After the press conference, Wyotek said many woman may be afraid to come forward. 

"They are too terrified to come forward, the backlash that they will receive whether in person through their command or through social media, it's definitely scary," the local Marine said. "As someone who has spoken out and has received backlash I can understand their worry."

The photos, Butner said, prompted obscene and lurid descriptions of “all the unspeakable things they’d do to me."

Gen. Neller has admonished those Marines who took part in the FB group. Neller has said fewer than 10 women victims have come forward so far in the ever-widening investigation into nude photos of female service members that were posted online without their permission.

Gloria Allred wants to take things a step further.

She wants the way the military deals with these types of cases to change. At the press conference, she called for written consent of a woman, before her picture is posted by servicemen on these types of websites.

“Let's see the results and let's see how open they are to hearing from any victim who would like to meet with General Neller and would like to testify before the United States Congress," Allred said.

The Naval Criminal Investigative Service launched an investigation into the matter and is urging victims of the photo-sharing to come forward.



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<![CDATA[Newlywed Grieves After Wife Killed in Dallas Office Shooting]]> Thu, 27 Apr 2017 13:09:46 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Dennis+Canada.jpg

A North Texas man is planning his wife's funeral, just 39 days after they were married.

Lana Canada was shot and killed Monday morning by a co-worker at a North Dallas office building.

"I'm having a hard time with it. They pulled the love of my life away from me in just an instant," Dennis Canada told NBC 5 from the Sulphur Springs home he shared with his wife.

Everything in the backyard of their home reminds Canada of Lana, including a rose garden they worked on together just two days before she was killed.

"That's hard for me to look at," Canada said.

Lana was a mother of eight – seven daughters and one son – and a grandmother of seven. Together they had a blended family and were the picture of wedded bliss.

"The greatest marriage. The greatest relationship I'd ever been in," Canada said.

He recalled kissing his wife goodbye Monday morning before she left for work. Lana was a supervisor at Dignity Team Health, a Texas-based provider of in-home Hospice Care.

Hours later, she was killed in a conference room by a disgruntled employee who Canada says was "pretty mad" about Lana recently being named a co-partner. The shooter, 60-year-old Matthew Kempf, then turned the gun on himself.

Canada said he received a text about the shooting from one of his wife's co-workers.

He rushed to the north Dallas office building with Lana's 16-year-old daughter.

"When the detectives came out and they told me that Lana did not make it," Canada said through tears. "My world had been taken from me." 

Lana's funeral will be held Friday afternoon in Alba, Texas.



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<![CDATA[Ex-Wife Of Marine Veteran Jailed In Mexico Pleads For Help]]> Thu, 27 Apr 2017 06:16:39 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Ty-Yeager-Baja-Tijuana-San-Diego_2.jpg

“He’s not a monster and he’s not a thief,” said Tyler James Yeager’s ex-wife Nikki Schab during an emotional conversation about the U.S. Marine veteran jailed in Mexico.

She shared pictures of the two of them together when they were 21, sitting together holding hands.

They are mementoes of the life they shared before, she says, his PTSD got really bad.

Schab said she’s shocked the man she loves, the Marine veteran who served the United States, is the man Mexican prosecutors say was arrested April 23 in Mexico for a series of robberies in Tijuana.

Stolen cars, cash and materials to make fake titles were all found in a home where Yeager was staying according to Mexican officials.

Schab said that’s not the Tyler she knows.

“He’s very proud and very fun and he loves life," she said. "I think he was more or less down there and got trapped in his PTSD and he thinks he's still at war."

Yeager is a 39-year-old former USMC rifleman and scout sniper who served at Camp Pendleton with the 2ND Battalion 5th Marines 1st Division from 1996 to 2000.

Tijuana police said a surveillance picture showed Yeager with a shotgun walking near homes minutes after a home invasion.

“He’s a good man. He’s just lost. He needs help,” Schab said through tears.

Three days before Yeager's arrest, Schab said she spoke to him via Facebook.

She said they joked about their dog named after Air Force pilot Chuck Yeager while urging him to go home to Montana to be with family who loves him.

“He’s still somebody. His dad is waiting for him to come home," she said.

The United States Consulate in Mexico is helping Yeager while he's behind bars.

Documents show he was at a VA center in 2015 that houses homeless vets in need of help with drug and alcohol addiction.

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<![CDATA[SDPD Officer Retention Crisis Trending Toward Smaller Force]]> Wed, 26 Apr 2017 23:10:12 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/SDPD-Generic-padge-patch.jpg

The San Diego Police Department (SDPD) is in danger of shrinking. As more officers leave the force, recruiting is becoming a harder job.

"We've seen about a 35-36 percent decrease in the people that are applying," said Chief Shelley Zimmerman.

The high cost of living here and better financial deals elsewhere figure into the problem.

But recruiters worry that police work's demands and stresses don't play well in the labor market .

Brian Marvel, president of the San Diego Police Officers Assn. said, “We need to figure out 'How do we overcome that?' How do we change the narrative in our profession to get people to want to do this?'"

A big five-year push in recruiting efforts is barely keeping up with the department's departure rate.

The top brass says departments nationwide also are seeing fewer qualified prospects.

Keeping officers is even more challenging, five years after the department began taking extra measures.

The City Council's Public Safety Committee got this reality check Wednesday afternoon.

And another five-year hiring plan may need innovative ideas as well as spending more money.

This month's "actual" number of sworn San Diego police officers -- 1,838 -- is ten percent below the number that's been budgeted for.

And that's even counting 44 who are still in the Police Academy, and 52 now in "field training" – virtually the same number in 2012 when the hiring plan was adopted.

“They're actually going to have fewer officers at the end of this year than they are supposed to the end of this hiring period than they had at the beginning," noted Andrew Keatts, who has extensively covered the issues for NBC 7’s media partner, Voice of San Diego.

Keatts’ remark is based on the current attrition rate of about 150 officers a year.

As it is, San Diego has one of the lowest officer-per-capita ratios among big-city police forces in the nation, while enjoying relatively low crime rates.

San Diego police is earning widespread praise for doing more with less.

But Zimmerman remains troubled.

"There is a shortage of qualified candidates police officers, across our country for a variety of reasons," she told NBC 7 in an interview Wednesday.

Putting aside pay, benefits and cost-of-living factors, police are seeing a workforce that may be less attracted to law enforcement these days, given current social trends and happenings within the profession that add controversy to its dangers and demands.

Public safety resources are too paramount to discount in terms of human resources.

"And without having a sufficient police force,” warns Marvel, “I just don't know if our department can continue to do what we do every day and rise up to that level without really burning people out."

SDPD’s civilian employees also have been hard to retain.

They now number 510–47 under what's been budgeted for, an 8 percent deficit.



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<![CDATA[Padres Rally to Pull off Comeback Win in Arizona]]> Wed, 26 Apr 2017 23:51:59 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/177*120/GettyImages-673615310.jpg

We started to feel the déjà vu coming on, then the Padres bats came to life Wednesday night!

Three different Friars homered in the third game of the series against the Arizona Diamondbacks. San Diego notched its first win in five games with an 8-5 victory.

The shift started in the top of the fourth inning. The Diamondbacks had a 4-0 lead when shortstop Erik Aybar sent a homerun to right field to put the Padres on the board. A few batters later, Trevor Cahill, who was also on the mound for San Diego, helped his own cause when he sent one to deep right field to score Jabari Blash for the team’s second run of the night.

You’ve seen his name a lot this season already and we’ll be talking about Hunter Renfroe for quite some time. The Padres were trailing by three runs in the sixth inning when the outfielder notched his fifth home run of the season. His solo shot to left center field to put San Diego within reach 5-3.

It took a few more innings but the Padres weren’t giving up without a fight. In the top of the ninth inning, infielder Ryan Schimpf blasted a three run homer and gave the Friars a one run advantage and their first lead of the game.

That was the momentum they needed. Infielder Yangervis Solarte stepped up to face former Padres closer Fernando Rodney and sent a two run double to right center field to give his team some insurance. It looks like the premium paid off because the Padres broke their four game losing streak.

The Padres will close out the series against the Diamondbacks on Thursday night at 6:40 p.m. PST at Chase Field.



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